December 14, 2006
NLH Announces Award of Second Wind Energy Contract
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) announced today that Vector Wind Energy Inc. has been awarded a contract to provide 24 megawatts (MW) of wind power to the island from its Fermeuse Wind Project.
"We are now moving forward with two wind projects that will broaden our energy mix on the island and allow Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro to provide electricity to consumers at a very reasonable cost and in a more environmentally responsible manner," said the Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Minister of Natural Resources. "The province possesses a world-class wind resource and we are looking very closely at how wind can be a significant part of our energy future both on the island and in Labrador. These two projects are an important first step in our development of renewable long-term energy supplies."
"This award will mean almost 50MW of cost-effective, clean, wind energy on the island by 2009," said Ed Martin, Hydro�s president and CEO. "We�ve taken the necessary steps to ensure we deliver value to electricity customers across the island through a competitive and open process. With this second wind project coming on stream, over 12,000 homes will be getting green energy from wind power in Newfoundland."
There were six proposals submitted for the second Request for Proposals (RFP) for 25 MW blocks of wind power on the island which closed at the end of October. Each proposal was subject to a rigorous and thorough evaluation. Hydro has maintained any emissions credits from the project and also has the option to take over the operation at various points through the 20-year contract.
The next step will be to conclude the power purchase agreement with Vector which Hydro expects will take six weeks. The island�s second wind farm has the potential to provide annual energy for 5,500 homes. The project will be located near the community of Fermeuse on the Southern Shore, Avalon Peninsula and will see the installation of 12, two-megawatt wind turbines.
Wind power provides a clean, renewable and stable, long-term source of energy for Newfoundland and Labrador with zero emissions. Energy from the Fermeuse Wind Project has the potential to offset over 130,000 barrels of fuel burned annually to generate power at the Holyrood Generating Station. Combined with the St. Lawrence Wind Project, announced in early October, the two projects will offset almost 300,000 barrels of oil annually and result in a significant reduction in emissions.
The island power system, which is isolated from the North American grid, has a generating capacity of 1,919 MW provided by approximately 65 per cent hydroelectric and 35 per cent fossil fuel generation.
About Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) is the fourth largest power utility in Canada with over 7,000MW of operating capacity. Headquartered in St. John's, the company supplies over 80 per cent of province's electrical energy, operates the second largest underground hydropower station in the world and is expanding its operations into wind generation, oil and gas, and research and development. Hydro takes pride in our focus on safety, environment, conservation and our ongoing investment in Newfoundland and Labrador. More information on Hydro can be found at www.nlh.nl.ca.
About Vector Wind Energy Inc.
Vector is a developer of wind energy projects in Canada, based in Ottawa, Ontario. Currently, Vector has 20 active prospect areas, primarily in Manitoba and Ontario, at various stages of development. These prospects have the potential to support over 1,000 MW of wind energy capacity. Further information on Vector can be obtained www.vectorwindenergy.com.
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